Porsche Panamera Turbo S review
Is ultimate Porsche Panamera Turbo S supersaloon really worth the extra cash?
To make a four-door, two-tonne saloon accelerate like a supercar, grip this hard and tackle corners so nonchalantly is a remarkable achievement. At £130,000-plus, though, the Turbo S is hard to justify when the standard Turbo is £107,903 and still blisteringly fast, and the Panamera Diesel is such a brilliant all-rounder.
The Turbo S range is designed to be the cream of the Porsche crop, with swollen power outputs and every possible option fitted as standard. The new Panamera version delivers in both respects, with a huge 562bhp from its twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8. That’s 49bhp more than the Panamera Turbo (and 20bhp more than the old Turbo S), thanks to a reinforced crank and pistons, increased fuel-injection pressure and new turbos.
Then there’s the standard kit, with air-suspension and PASM adaptive dampers, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and ceramic brakes. There’s also the Sport Chrono pack, a 585W Bose stereo plus heated and powered front seats – all for £131,136. Even so, Porsche squeezed £7,210 worth of options on to our car, including Palladium metallic paint (£2,670) and a sports exhaust (£2,138). All this kit gives huge scope for tailoring the car’s character.
Dial the suspension to its softest of three settings, slot the eight-speed auto into D and you can float along serenely, although the ride has a firmer edge than a Maserati Quattroporte GTS.
Activate the sports exhaust, push the Sport or Sport Plus button and all hell breaks loose. The exhausts snarl and crackle, while the thrust and grip levels seem endless. The steering is lighter than a 911’s, which helps the car feel smaller and more nimble than it has any right to be. And although the ceramic brakes can be snatchy around town, they give mighty stopping power when called upon.